Ohio hits the road Wednesday to face rival Miami in a game that will have major implications on the Mid-American Conference tournament standings. The Bobcats are still hopefuls in the MAC title race, and a win would secure them a first-round bye in the tournament. This is Ohio’s most important game of the year.
Opponent: Miami (21-6, 12-4 Mid-American Conference)
Gametime: 7 p.m.
Place: Millet Hall (Oxford, Ohio)
Where to watch : ESPN+
How to listen: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ohio/
Meet the opponent:
13 Lauren Dickerson
32 Savannah Kluesner
21 Leah Purvis
40 Kendall McCoy
24 Baleigh Reid
10 Kristen Leverling
11 Taylor Kennedy
1 Alexis Straw
23 Kenzie Schmitz
35 Abbey Hoff
54 Kelly McLaughlin
Individual stats leaders
Points per game: Dickerson (16.1)
Rebounds per game: Kluesner (8.1)
Steals: Dickerson (63)
Field goal percentage: Kluesner (.503)
3-point percentage: McCoy (.390)
Free throw percentage: McCoy (.871)
Team stats compared to Ohio’s
Points per game: 67.9 (80.2)
Rebounds per game: 38.1 (37.5)
Steals: 7.1 (10.4)
Field goal percentage: .424 (.442)
3-point percentage: .317 (.367)
Free throw percentage .715 (.689)
Ohio trails in the all-time series 32-57. The last time the Bobcats and Redhawks played was on Jan. 30, when Miami rallied in the fourth quarter to steal a 67-61 win in Athens. The Bobcats have lost the last four meetings against Miami.
Players to watch
Miami’s junior guard Lauren Dickerson will be a key player in this game. In the first meeting this season, Ohio held Dickerson to seven points at halftime. Ohio was in control and looked like it’d be able to cruise to a win. That was until Dickerson led the comeback charge in the second half by adding 21 more points.
What does this game mean?
If Ohio wins, it will secure a first-round bye in the conference tournament. If it loses, Ohio could possibly fall out of the top four seeds and be forced to play a home game before getting a bid to Cleveland. A win would give Bob Boldon the record for most wins as a coach and snap a four game losing streak to the RedHawks.